On Thursday last week Paul, Janet and Callum joined Sam, Stu and I to complete a hay cut at Hollybush Hill. The area had a large quantity of Canadian Goldenrod, which is an invasive species and prevents precious sunlight reaching native wildflowers and grasses.
Stu was on the motorsythe most of the day so it was up to us to rake up his work.
Even though we had quite temperamental weather it was a lovely day and we completed the hay cut beautifully. Paul even had a very fast Vole fall in love with his feet and I spotted a common blue female butterfly showing off for us.
Hay cutting meadows with this technique used to be part of traditional farming, which has caused wildflowers and grasses to prefer low nutrient soil. However as farming techniques have changed it is up to us to cut meadows the traditional way and rake up the cuttings to prevent nutrients building up in the soil.
Unfortunately Stu got a tick on his arm so I will remind everyone again. Please check yourself regularly for ticks and any information you may need can be found on the NHS website or you can call 111 for advice.
Thank you very much Paul, Janet and Callum. You did a great job !
Assistant Ranger Bobbie Withers